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Ideal Products Acquires Pin-Making Competitor

Friday, February 20, 2004
Ideal Products, Beacon Falls, CT, has purchased the operating assets of competitor Patriot Wire Products, also of Beacon Falls. Ideal will relocate Patriot employees and assets to its 175,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility. Ideal, boasting annual sales of $10 million, manufactures fabricated metal components for a variety of industries. Patriot, with annual sales of $1.5 million, manufactures badge, safety and specialty draper pins. Ideal is a division of Orbitform Group, Jackson, MI.

High Steel Service Center Expands

Thursday, February 19, 2004
High Steel Service Center, Inc., Lancaster, PA, has invested $8 million in a 58,000-sq.-ft. expansion that boosts facility size to 200,000 sq. ft. The expansion includes addition of a high-speed slitter, precision blanking line and a 65,000-lb. coil crane system. Also, the carbon-steel service center added capability in prepainted-steel distribution by acquiring the assets of a Philadelphia, PA, MetalsUSA affiliate. “Expansion also added to our inventory floor space, permitting us to stock more plate, sheet, coil, bar, structural shapes and tubing products,” says Daniel T. Kelly, president.

Epicor Awarded for Manufacturing Software

Thursday, February 19, 2004
Epicor Software Corp., Irvine, CA, for the second year in a row, has been selected Partner of the Year by Progress Co., a supplier of business-application technology. Epicor received the honor by demonstrating success in the delivery of a range of end-user manufacturing applications based on Progress’ OpenEdge technology, according to Progress Co. officials. For more from Epicor, visit


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